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Lord of the Flies

122 Ratings: 2.8
A book by William Golding

William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather … see full wiki

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Author: William Golding
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
19 reviews about Lord of the Flies
review by . July 30, 2003
This is a fine piece of literature. Golding achieves high  drama throughout most of the work as the audience wonders  whether or not the group of stranded boys will come to their  collective senses. The setting is an island semi-paradise  where a group of boys are stranded temporarily. As time  progresses and no-one seems to notice them, a restlessness  takes over. Before long, the boys begin turning their   attention to the leader …
review by . November 17, 2010
"The Lord Of The Flies" is an exciting adventure yarn that memorably delves into the problem of free will versus social order. Unlike most such literary explorations, we learn here that free will may not be all that great after all, or a confining social order all that bad.      A plane crashes in a tropical island, leaving a large but unorganized group of pre-teen boys the only survivors. A boy named Ralph takes charge by virtue of a vote, and for a while the boys …
review by . July 02, 2010
Lord of the Flies is a book that should be read by any and all, but especially those who might relate to the characters in the book the most: younger boys. I read this book in school and loved it. As I have continued to re-read it, I have gained more appreciation for the greater themes in the book and what the boys (and their struggle) represent. It's a good thing to have under your belt, as it is constantly referenced, parodied, and pastiched. One of my favorite books, Battle Royale, definitely …
review by . July 22, 2010
Every time I finish reading this book, I am left with a horrible sense of loss. Experiencing the loss of humanity that children experience leaves the reader with a scared sense of fear, fear that this could be true and occur way too easily in unsupervised civilization.      If you are seeking entertainment, this is not your book. If you are seeking a commentary on the internal evil within us all and the ease at which we may slip back to it, this is your book. Golding shows us …
Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
Brilliant satire and deconstruction of society on a base level.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Such a dark book, but I really loved it. Such an interesting look at the birth of a society of young boys.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Rather gross at points. A dark depiction of human nature.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
i read this in school too. getting trapped on an island with a whole bunch of little kids must be veryyy very annoying. and the ending, is too ironic. it kind of dissapointed me that somebody showed up to rescue them at the end in the first place. none of the kids honestly deserved it.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Morbidly fun to read. It's a great look into the workings of humanity through the eyes of a great writer
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
It's a shame that this book is foisted upon high school students who won't quite get it. Read again when you're older, and a lot more becomes clear (and, in its way, more frightening). Reality really does change with the perspective of years. (No, not opinion... REALITY changes. Trust me.)
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
One must always wonder, why did these boys result as such? So different from the Lost Boys in NeverNever Land?
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Everyone should read this, albeit the underlying theme is a bit disturbing.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A must for any boy.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Fascinating read
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
Perfect example of what would happen if everything was lost to us. No government, no rules,,,survival of the fittest. This was on a reading list for and i can understand why to this day how it made it. It delved into the human mind and then into the beast that lives in us all, the lizard brain. I would highly recommend this.
review by . September 21, 2009
This is the edition of Lord of the Flies that I stupidly ordered via amazon and read, or tried to read. Judging by the typeface, Lord of the Fly Specks would have been a more appropriate title. Is this what "our" children get thrust at them in school? No wonder they turn to video games!  The pages of my used copy were yellow and brittle also. My bad, as they say. I trotted down to my local bookshop and bought a more recent edition, which I have reviewed in more 'depth', giving it a three-star …
review by . April 22, 2006
It is always with a sense of foreboding that I pick up a book that I loved when I was much younger and read it after several years have passed, my fear being that the book will no longer hold up after the passage of time. Lord of the Flies was a book that I read at least three times a year when I was growing up, starting at about age 12. I eagerly devoured it, grappling with all of its symbolism, and even writing poems about some of the main characters. Fortunately I was never required to read it …
review by . March 26, 2006
What happens when those raised to be an integral, contributing part of civilization are suddenly set free before their training / acculturation is complete? You have the Lord of the Flies. Written in the mid 1900s by William Golding, this book is one of the last in a long line of English works that explores the relationship between society and the lone individual. Other works of this nature include Robinson Crusoe, Gullivers Travels, and Ulysses. Specifically, how much of the evil in the world (the …
review by . November 22, 2004
The plot of LORD OF THE FLIES goes something like this. During the middle of WWII, a British airplane full of male English schoolchildren is shot done over the Pacific. Upon reaching shore the survivors realize that all the adults died in the crash. The group of boys, aging in range from 6-12, bands together to survive on the island until they can be rescued. The tribe holds an assembly and elects a chief, a bright young man named Ralph. Ralph is a democratic leader and does everything he can to …
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